Albi, also called the Red Town, attracts many tourists each year, because of its history and the surprising architecture of red bricks. The facades will change colour depending on the light or time of day.
The central headquarter of Albi is divided into six distinct neighbourhoods, with different personalities. Castelnau used to be where the most affluent medieval citizens resided, or Saint-Salvi the district of commerce and some rich townhouses for rich merchants. It is like walking back in time, which is now a distant memory of the Cathars.
The episcopal Palace is housing the art museum called Toulouse-Lautrec, which exposes over a thousand works by Toulouse-Lautrec, the largest collection in the world.
While on tour, you can stop at the Fashion museum which displays a thousand opulent dresses and accessories from the 1700s up to the 1970s.
How to get around?
You can explore the city on foot; so it is rather small. The walk from the train station is about 1.5 miles to the cathedral.
Please note that you won't find many cabs on the street or even at the train station. You may need to book one in advance.
To Albi on SNCF regional trains from Toulouse Matabiau takes about 1h10 to arrive. There are also trains to Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille, and Paris. The station is called Gare Albi-ville.
Tarnbus is the local public bus service that can take you to other cities and villages in the Tarn department.